How to get the Google Nexus 4 in India?

Still waiting for Google to release Nexus 4 in India? Well, there is a bad news, Google has no recent plans for bringing the device in Indian markets any-time soon. Yep, Nexus 7 was launched a few days back here in India, not to forget the fact that Nexus 7 was first unveiled at the Google I/O last year. As it can be seen, sadly India is a dumping ground for Google. They have dumped the Nexus 7 here as they are working on the newer version of Nexus & which is expected at Google I/O this year.

Google Nexus 4 is a 4.7′ Snap Dragon S4 Pro beast which is very much similar to LG Optimus G (Which is available at around 29K in the market now), however the Nexus device is a Nexus device which gives the purest of android experience and has top-of-the-line updates and a huge developer support. The Nexus 4 continues being a heavenly device for Flash’Oholics who like to play around with boot-loaders and custom ROMs.

Here are some of the major Nexus 4 reviews-

CNET

TechCrunch

TechRadar

TheVerge

EnGadget

GSMArena

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The other options available for Indians are the Galaxy S3, Optimus G, One X+ and Lumia 920, but let me tell you one thing, the Nexus 4 smokes all the other devices in all terms. It looks better, feels better, you’ll be standing apart in the crowd, you’ll hardly see anybody using a Nexus device around you. There are some points which an Indian must keep in mind, firstly there is no warranty for a Nexus device because it hasn’t been officially launched in India, if you brick your device, spill coffee over it or drop while reading a news-paper on your toilet seat in the morning, you’ll loose it permanently. There are only a few places in whole of India where the device can be repaired, the LG service centre won’t even touch your device. Well, for people from Mumbai there are a few places like Manish Market and Heera Panna where the device can be repaired. And many people on different forums around the world have reported faulty devices being shipped where they face problems pertaining ti Wi-Fi, Over Heating  Touch-Screen sensitivity etc. I recently got a Nexus 4 and I haven’t faced any such problem. And moreover all these above problems are software related and Google has solved them in JDQ39 4.2.2 update, or you can just head-over to XDA and get a custom ROM like ParanoidAndroid or CM 10.1 , but if your device was faulty then either you can blame your shipping company or your luck (But faulty device being shipped, one in million may-be).

So, here are some ways in which you can get a Nexus 4 if you are from India –
1]  This is the simplest, most reliable and easiest way to get a Nexus 4 sitting at home. I have personally tested this way, I got my Nexus 4 16GB a few days back, completely sealed and in working condition. Just head-over to ManiacStore.com, place an order, use Cash-On-Delivery option, test the device and then pay for it. I ordered my device on April 1, 2013 and I received it on April 4, 2013. The total price for 16GB was 28,540 Rs. (50 Rs. for the delivery man :P).
It was working, sealed and the package was good and safe. So, a thumbs-up for the ManiacStore.com

  • Quick delivery.
  • Excellent support for tracking the status of device.
  • Cash-On- Delivery option.
  • Worth spending a bit-more than getting into the complex procedure of ordering it from USA.
  • Sealed box and you pay only after you test the device.
  • Six Months Seller warranty (Yep. SIX MONTHS).

{Special Note- All the links below are for 16 GB Nexus 4, well because 8 GB Nexus 4 is of no use, you’ll hardly get 6 GB which in my view is too less for such a device, it is like you are buying a Ferrari with with a fuel capacity of 2 Ltr. just to save a few bucks, it is really advisable to buy 16 GB by paying 3K more}

Link to ManiacStore.com- Here

The other options are-

NaapTol.com- Here

EBay.in- Here [You can even check out other listings here, beware of second hand hand-sets, if in doubt you can contact me  :P]

GrabMore.in- Here

Rediff- Here

iBhejo.com- Here

2] The second way is to get it from the Grey Market. Head over to one of the grey markets around Mumbai and get it from there.

Alfa at Vile-Parle, Manish Market or Heera Panna, just get there and buy the device like any other device. Heera Panna is always stocked up with Nexus devices. FOr people uotside Mumbai, just google your city name with ‘Grey Market’. The prices vary from 32K to 40K. Learn the art of bargaining and you can get at least 3K off and also demand a free case or screen protector  😀

3] This way is for someone who wants to get Nexus 4 16 Gb at a really cheap price, you can get into this complex procedure of getting the device from USA, it will cost you around 23K for Nexus 4 16 GB. It will take time to be deliverred, 20-25 days in some cases. There are high chances of your order being cancelled, you oosing your money, or receiving device in a poor state because it is actually being shipped from The States  😀

How to Import


1) Register on any of the sites like Hopshopgo / comgateway / PPOBOX / borderlinx etc. that provide reliable shipping services.

(Some sites may have some registration fee, some may not.)

2) Note down your U.S address which they provide.

Example :

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Your Name
17146 NE Sandy Blvd
c/o INX-XXX
Portland, OREGON 97230
Tel: 503-914-6317


3) Go to the Play Store via your VPN and get your Phone shipped to your U.S Address.

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For this, Please use VPN services like us.newfreevpn.com or justfreevpn or any free and reliable free VPN sites.
Add your Indian credit card with the same U.S address you received. The both the shipping and billing address must be the same.


4) Once the shipment is received on the U.S address, the company will usually notify you within 1-2 Days along with the estimated cost for shipping to India based on the type of shipping you want.(standard or expedited).(This can be without duty for some sites)

5) You pay the amount to the company online.

6) They will usually provide an airway bill/tracking number.

7) Wait for your Nexus 4.

8) Pay any customs in cash if not paid before to the delivery boy.

9) Enjoy your Nexus 4.

Or optionally,I suggest you to head over to saptakmohanta.blogspot.in for a more detailed info about importing and the steps with a short and sweet review for dessert. 

Here is the round-up of everything-

1} PPOBox

Price: 349
Delivery in US: 14
Tax for NY (their warehouse is in NY): 32
Registration on ppobox – Free
Shipping + customs in India + Insurance by ppobox: Rs 1600-Rs 2000 (USD 30 – 35)
So the total comes out to be: USD 425 – 430 (inclusive of everything)

(The customs officials will open the box just for checking.)

2} HopShopGO

Price: 349
Delivery in US: 14
Tax for Portland (their warehouse is in Portland): 0
Registration on HopShopGo – Free
Shipping + customs in India + Insurance by HopShopGo: Rs 2000-Rs 2500 (USD 40 – 45)

So the total comes out to be: USD 403 – 415 (inclusive of everything)

LG Optimus G launched in India for Rs. 34500

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LG has officially launched the Optimus G (E975) in India. The Optimus G went on sale in India last week. It comes with a 4.7-inch (1280 x 768 pixels) True HD IPS + Display with 15:9 aspect ratio, 550 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass 2 protection, powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 processor with Adreno 320 GPU and runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with LG  Optimus 3.0 UI on top. It has a 13MP camera with LED flash, Full HD video recording and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

It offers enhanced UX including upgraded QSlide that lets you open 2 apps in a single screen and now supports video, browser, memo, calendar and calculator. Other features include Dual Screen Dual Play that would enable mirroring between the smartphone and a TV and display different content on each screen (Smartphone and TV), Q Memo to jot notes, Live Zooming while watching a video, Smart Shutter and lots more.

LG Optimus G  Specifications

  •  4.7-inch (1280 x 768 pixels) True HD IPS + Display with 15:9 aspect ratio, 550 nits brightness
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 1.5GHz quad-core processor Qualcomm APQ 8064 processor with Adreno 320 GPU
  • Dimensions – 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm, Weight – 145g
  • 13MP camera with an LED flash, 1080p Full HD video recording at 30 fps
  •  1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM, 32 GB internal memory
  • 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS / aGPS, NFC
  • 2,100 mAh battery

The LG Optimus G is price at Rs. 34,500 (MRP) and is available in various stores across India. Check out our Optimus G review if you are planning to get one.